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Norm Coleman suspends all campaign negative ads in Senate Race

In a dramatic turn of events, Sen. Norm Coleman announced last week that he has decided to end all attack ads against opponent Al Franken.

The Washington Post reports Coleman as saying, “At times like this, politics should not add to negativity -- it should lift people up with hope and a confident vision for the future."

Critics have questions Coleman’s tactics, citing the controversy surrounding the purchasing of his suits and the issue of his poll ratings falling.

Coleman reminded people that the only ads he can control are the ones that say “I’m Norm Coleman, and I approve of this message,? but he asked the National Republican organizations to also end their on-air attacks against Franken as well.

MinnPost notes that Coleman “made a similar request during his first Senate campaign in 2002, when Sen. Paul Wellstone died in plane crash just days before the election.?

Coleman also warned that some negative ads may already be in circulation and can’t be stopped.

According to MinnPost, “Coleman said his new ads will talk about his record and what he can do for the state and the country. He says he will deal with attack ads by others only with a response defending his record, not with a counter-punch.?

Franken’s campaign remains skeptical of Coleman’s move.

Andy Barr, Franken’s campaign spokesman called Coleman’s decision “a stunt… [a] cynical ploy designed to change the subject and avoid scrutiny of his own record.?

The campaign of Dean Barkley, Coleman’s other opponent shares similar feelings.

Christopher Truscott, a spokesman for Dean Barkley told MinnPost that Coleman’s plan was an “‘11th hour act’ that ‘seems a little desperate.’"

According to MinnPost, “…many believe Barkley's poll numbers have risen dramatically because of the mutual sniping by [Coleman and Franken].?

I noticed that the Washington Post did not devote much on the issue of how Dean Barkley’s campaign is being affected by the “out of control? mudslinging ads between Coleman and Franken. He is the other nominee whose campaign has gained some [positive] attention in the wake of all the drama, people should be aware of how his campaign is being affected, as it could affect the outcome of the race.

Minnpost on the other hand, did devote a good chunk of its campaign to explaining Dean Barkley’s new position in the race. Also, the use of descriptors in the beginning of the story added color, “So it wasn't a shock when he walked solemnly up to a podium in his cavernous campaign headquarters in St. Paul…?

The article also did a good job in equally presenting Coleman’s, Franken’s, and Barkley’s stands on the story.